Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, a historically Black educational institution, received a $139,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas to enhance clinical education for nursing students. The grant will fund the purchase of new simulation technology, including SimBaby® and its accessories, software and training, simulation room communication devices, and a lung solution training ventilator, among other equipment and supplies.

Cleveland State University in Ohio received a $982,332 grant from the Ohio Department of Education for a study entitled “Survive and Thrive – A New Future for African American Babies.” This project consists of two primary components for addressing infant mortality – data analysis and toolkit development and implementation. A control group of pregnant African American women will be recruited and put through the Social Risk Assessment, with comparisons made to those who have not gone through the assessment.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received a $914,600 grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the development of a quality control platform to help increase the safety and quality of botanical products in dietary supplements or as active ingredients of botanical drugs. The ultimate goal is to optimize the quality of the botanical drug products and dietary supplements available to American consumers.

Roger and Vivian Bowers Blunt have pledged $2.5 million to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore that will be used to create an endowed faculty position in construction management and technology innovation at the historically Black university. After Blunt retired in 1986 from the U.S. Army, where he worked in its Corps of Engineers and achieved the rank of major general, he started several private-sector businesses in the fields of construction, development and business services. Blunt was also the first chairman of the University System of Maryland Foundation.

Historically Black Elizabeth City State University received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to study the effects of hurricanes on mental health throughout the coastal North Carolina region. The research is under the direction of Kulwinder Kaur, a professor of psychology at the university.

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